Visiting Committee – Rakesh Bhargava

President & CEO, Bhargava Capital
Chairman, Blue Spruce Global Advisors, LLC

Mr. Bhargava is the President and CEO of Bhargava Capital and the Chairman of Blue Spruce Global Advisors, LLC.

Mr. Bhargava's experience spans approximately thirty years, both as a private banker and a portfolio manager. He has served as Vice President and Partner at Kidder Peabody; as a Senior Vice President and Head of India distribution at Smith Barney; as Executive Director in charge of South Asia distribution at CIBC Oppenheimer Corp.; as Executive Vice President in charge of the Middle East and Asia at Laidlaw Global Securities, and as Director of Investments at Wachovia Securities.

In July 2004, he left Wachovia in order to form his own Broker Dealer - Bhargava Wealth Management, LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) and his Advisory firm - Blue Spruce Global Advisors, LLC (SEC registered investment advisor).

Since the early 1980s, Mr. Bhargava has focused on the emerging markets of India, Brazil and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. He spearheaded the distribution efforts to raise capital for the first offshore India fund called the India Liberalization Fund (at Smith Barney) and subsequently the first India private equity fund (at Oppenheimer). He has been a speaker on India at various conferences in the US, Europe and the Gulf. He is an advisor to Zanbato ( and to the Fidelis World Sports Investment Fund - Asia's first sports fund.

Mr. Bhargava was a board member of the Hudson County (New Jersey) Chapter of the American Heart Association and is an active member of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur Alumni Association in the US. He is a member of the Indian Trails Club, Franklin Lakes, NJ and the Delhi Gymkhana Club, New Delhi, India. He is a keen sportsman and was nationally ranked #1 in Tennis in the USTA Father-Daughter category in the United States for the years 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Mr. Bhargava holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in International Business Management from the Stern School of Business, New York University, New York; an MBA in marketing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India.